Among Democrats the September average approval rating is 79%
Among Liberals, the number is 75%
Among non-Hispanic whites, the number is 36%
When Tavis Smiley was asked about these numbers on Meet the Press this morning, he suggested it shows that we still have some work to do on race relations. I say nonsense.
On the contrary, I think the 91% job approval rating among blacks is an utter embarrassment. Blacks should be consistent with the Democratic number or the Liberal number. Even if we allow for some race-bias, the number then should perhaps jump to 82 or 83%. But 91%? That is preposterous. We have almost 10% unemployment, much worse than that in the black community. We have a liberal agenda that has been only partially achieved at best. For any sub-group to support Obama to the tune of 91% in the context of these difficult times shows a complete lack of critical analysis.
I completely understood the overwhelming support Obama got in the 2008 election from black folk. This was something most of us never dreamed would happen in our lifetime. Going to the polls and breaking that glass ceiling was imperative. But an election is not the same as a job approval rating and 21 months into his first term, Obama has certainly not earned a 91% approval rating by any measure. Do I support President Obama? Absolutely. Am I thrilled with the job he is doing? Not entirely. The notion that I should ignore his deficiencies as President because I am black and so is he, is insulting.
Tavis Smiley needs to worry less about the black/white divide and focus more on why blacks seem to have their head in the sand when it comes to how our country is doing.